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    Re: Celestial Navigation in the Movies
    From: Tony Oz
    Date: 2019 Oct 5, 12:41 -0700

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    Frank, the only bit I like about Anakin is when he prepares and takes part in the racing competition. Even that bit could be made better by showing in greater details how he did tune his carburetors. What?! There were no carburetors on his cart? Than even that bit is utter <cenzored>!!!

    You said this is a bad film without any back-stories but (suddenly) you go on:

    But back to "All Is Lost". Why is this sailing-incompetent --and presumably wealthy-- old man out there on the ocean all alone? Maybe our sailor's backstory is that he accidentally killed his wife in a drunken rage, and now he's running from the law and the horror of it all. Maybe he's a lawyer to the mob, and he embezzled from some folks who would like to leave a horse head in his bed... Or maybe he bragged to his friends that he could win a round-the-globe race and now reality is crashing in around him as he realizes that he has no sailing skills at all. Maybe he's a has-been action-film star trying to write a book based on some Hemingway-ish manly adventure on the ocean. Or maybe Leviathan, an enormous White Whale, nibbled on his leg once, and he shall have his revenge! There's a story in there somewhere.

    I have two points to make:

    • all of the above is not my business! I do not care why, how and what for he did go sailing. All I want to see is him doing CN in the emergency sutiation.

    OK, let's put it in other way:

    • you say there is no back-story - but look! - I lost the count of the ideas that came up to your mind! :)

    If you want to criticise - just list his errors, that would be helpfull to the future filmmakers and those interested in CN and sea-going in general.


    Warm regards,


    60°N 30°E

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